Kids invited to come and try NFL Flag

If parents are looking for something for the kids to do on the last day of school holidays, come and try NFL Flag.

Kids aged 9-12 years are invited to come and try the modified, non-contact version of American Football at the Kawana Sports Precinct on Sunday April 14, 2024.

The game involves five players a side, where both boys and girls can play together. Players wear flag belts and instead of tackling, an opposing player pulls the player’s flag which brings the attack to an end.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 3 Councillor Tim Burns said Flag football was recently approved as an Olympic sport for LA 2028, so there is a strategic opportunity here to try and make the Sunshine Coast a hub for Flag Football ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Brisbane 2032.

“Schools already registered to offer the NFL Flag primary schools program include Brightwater Primary School, Chancellor State College, Suncoast Christian College and Glasshouse Christian College with NFL supplying all the equipment needed,” Cr Burns said.

“Holding a Come and Try day will provide us an opportunity to measure interest across the region.”

NFL Australia and NZ General Manger Charlotte Offord said they were really excited to be partnering with Sunshine Coast Council to expand Flag Football across the region.

“The growth of NFL Flag in Australia is an important initiative for the league as we look to create future pathways into the sport for girls and boys,” Ms Offord said.

With a strong reputation for hosting major sporting events, the Sunshine Coast has already been chosen to co-host some showpiece events as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Brisbane 2032.

Olympic sports selected for the Sunshine Coast include the marathon, cycling (road and mountain biking), football (soccer), kiteboarding and basketball. The NFL hopes flag football remains an Olympic sport beyond the Games in Los Angeles in 2028. 

Event details: Come and Try NFL Flag (free event)

When: Sunday April 14, from 9am

Where: Field 5, Kawana Sports Precinct, 320 Nicklin Way, Bokarina.

Details: Register at www.nflflag.com.au/comeandtry

What is NFL Flag?

  • Modified, non-contact version of American Football
  • 5 players a side, with both boys and girls playing together
  • Played on grass or any surface with little equipment required
  • Instead of tackling, players wear belts with flags to be pulled
  • Invasion game, where touchdowns score

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